The Exotic Adromischus Triflorus–A Gorgeous Succulent

Adromischus triflorus plants are yet another spectacular succulents and they are native to Cape province in southwestern Karoo, South Africa.

You could find them growing in lower slopes and in gravelly soil as well. Adromischus triflorus plants are low maintenance plants just like the rest of other succulent plants. They would make excellent plants for bright sunny window edges.

Adromischus Triflorus

Not only that but many people tend to use these plants as decorative plants as well. If you are a busy person and who does not have much time to spend on gardening, I suggest you go ahead with these plants.

Apart from that growing these beauties is quite easy too. It literally means even a novice into gardening.

In fact, these plants can even thrive well in neglect too. So, if you are curious to know how to grow these plants well, I urge you to continue reading this article. So, let’s get into it.

How do I identify Adromischus triflorus? 

Adromischus triflorus plants are perennial plants which produce little branches. Furthermore, their stems would form in dense rosette types as well. Those stems would attain a maximum height of 20 cm when they are mature.

Adromischus triflorus plant roots would be fibrous. Ultimately, they would grow as in shrub type plants. The leaves of the Adromischus triflorus plants would tend to take an triangular or heart shape.

Moreover, they would be crested at the apex too. Color wise you could see them from light green to brown, orange.

Not only that but also, they would comprise of red margins on the broadest apical part too. Their leaves would be 30-50 (-70) mm long, (10-)15-25 mm wide in size. Literally these plant leaves are longer when you compare them with their width.

Moreover, you could spot them developing red spots occasionally in the upper half of the plant leaves. Adromischus triflorus plants may emerge with flowers in yellowish green during November to January.

Further they may form in white also. Adromischus triflorus plants flowers would be 1 cm in length. The most distinguishing characteristic of these plants are their curved apices of the buds.

Size of the plant

The maximum height that Adromischus triflorus plants could achieve is 20 cm.

Growth rate

Adromischus triflorus plants are rapid growers.

Adromischus Triflorus

One look care guide

Botanical NameAdromischus triflorus
Plant TypeSucculent
Mature Size20 cm tall
Sun ExposureFull sunlight to partial shade
Soil TypeWell draining
Soil pHNeutral 
Bloom TimeNovember to January
Flower ColorYellowish green
Native AreaSouth Africa
Average price12.5 USD

How do you take care of the Adromischus triflorus?

Light Requirement  

Adromischus triflorus plants don’t depend a lot on too much sunlight. However, they would prefer to grow in places where they can gain bright indirect sunlight.

If they run short of adequate sunlight, they may tend to become spindly. Further their tissues become brittle as well.

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Lastly, it would make them lose their vibrant colors as well. Furthermore, the shortage of sunlight exposure would make them less resistant to disease as well.

On the other hand, if you expose them to intense sunlight, it will make them burn their leaves and the stems. The direct sunlight especially during summer would be unhealthy for them. Ideally you need to set up sunshades during summer or shift them to a shady spot.

Temperature and humidity

Adromischus triflorus plants can withstand a minimum temperature of 5 degrees Celsius only. Other than that, you need to grow them exposed to warmer temperatures.

If the forecast is for much colder weather conditions, I recommend you shift the pants indoors. Alternatively, you could consider shifting the plants to a greenhouse as well.

If you don’t secure them from these conditions, chances are that they may suffer from frost bites. Furthermore, when you cultivate them indoors, do not place them closer to heat vents since it would create an unhealthy atmosphere for the plants.

These plants enjoy growing in mild temperatures during spring and in fall. So, if you don’t live in a warmer area, I suppose the best you could do is to grow them indoors. 

You could consider growing them in planters and bring them indoors when the weather is colder. Once the weather conditions get warmer you may bring them out.

It is noteworthy that Adromischus triflorus plants would become dormant when the temperature increases more than 30 degrees Celsius.  

Is it cold hardy?

Adromischus triflorus plants have a frost tolerance up to – 7 degrees Celsius only for shorter periods. Prolonged exposure for colder conditions is not recommendable for these plants as aforesaid.

Adromischus Triflorus

Watering Requirement

Adromischus triflorus plants are adapted to grow in hot, arid drought conditions. This literally means you need to water these plants moderately and not abundantly.

If I further describe this, you can consider watering these plants twice a month when they are in spring and in summer. On the other hand, you need to minimize watering the plants during colder winter conditions. 

Having said that, do not allow their leaves to become wrinkled too. Furthermore, always keep in mind to allow their soil to dry between two watering sessions and do not supply any water when their soil is moist from the previous watering session.

It is crucial that you water Adromischus triflorus plants in a precise manner as only then it would allow them to thrive well.

Soil Requirement Type / pH 

A soil mix which has an excellent drainage facility would be ideal for these plants. Furthermore, your chosen soil mix needs to be loose and a well aerated one too.

Selecting a right soil mix is very important for these plants as only then they can perform to the best of their ability.

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If I further elaborate on the soil mix, the right soil mix would consist of three main layers such as deco layer, middle planting layer and the lower hydrophobic layer.

The top layer of the soil would act more like a decorative layer. Further when watering you need to check whether the top layer of the soil is dry and then proceed with watering. Pebbles, coarse sand would act as the top layer of the soil mix most of the time.

On the other hand, the middle layer of the soil mix would nourish the plants to grow vigorously. You may easily purchase an appropriate soil mix either online or by your closer garden store to grow these plants.

Having said that, if you have the necessary materials, you could make a proper soil mix on your own too. Lastly the bottom layer of the soil mix is crucial to drain the excess water out of the pots.

It is what could protect the plants root system from root rot. The bottom layer of the soil would be most of the ceremsite, volcanic stone charcoal etc.

Pot size Potting and Repotting

Best is to repot the Adromischus triflorus plants once every two years. That would help the plants to grow rapidly and healthily too.

If the Adromischus triflorus plant’s roots are growing densely and unhealthily it is very unlikely that they will survive any longer. Best time to conduct repotting would be Spring and fall.

When you are planning to repot, you need to first water them one day prior to repotting them. When the soil is dry you could commence repotting the plants.

To repot, you need to gently remove the plants from the pots and clean the older soil around the plants. Lastly you can grow them in a fresh well draining soil mix. 

Where to Plant 

Plant the Adromischus triflorus where they can receive sufficient sunlight as it is the most important factor you need to consider when selecting a spot to grow them. 

Fertilizer and time of year

These plants are adapted to grow in poor quality soil mix when they are growing in the wild. As such, you don’t need to supply them with excess fertilizers when you cultivate them too.

However you may consider adding a little slow fertilizers in early summer as it would be beneficial for the overall growth of the Adromischus triflorus plants.

Having said that, you may skip feeding the plants when they are dormant too. Furthermore, ensure that you don’t supply ant fertilizers for them when they are dormant as it would end up damaging the plants.

Adromischus Triflorus


Adromischus triflorus plants blossom with flowers in yellowish green. They usually bloom from November to January. Adromischus triflorus blossoms would contain white or pink, purple margins too. They would be 1 cm long.

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Adromischus triflorus plants may become dormant when the temperature hit more than 30 degrees Celsius during summer.

Common bugs and illnesses

Adromischus triflorus plants can combat with the pests’ attacks and bugs attacks successfully. However, high humidity levels would make them suffer from black rot, sooty mold, powdery mildew attacks etc.

which could turn out to be fatal occasionally too. If you come across such diseased plant parts, you need to trim them off and treat them with appropriate fungicides.

In addition to that, domestic pests such as aphids, scale insects and spider mites may also be troublesome for the plants. if you can spot these pests on your plants and if they have not spread on a massive scale, you could simply wash them away.

If there is a large outbreak or if you cannot easily reach the places where they have occupied, I recommend you apply the pesticides.

Rot is a fatal condition which your Adromischus triflorus plants may go through. Once your Adromischus triflorus plants experience this condition, you could see how the plant parts start to blackened and start to decay.

Their leaves would tend to drop at the slightest touch as well. If you supply a poor draining soil mix and if you over supply them with water, it would lead to this condition.

So, make sure that you look after these plants well as then you will not have to deal with these conditions.

Special Care tips

You may consider removing the dead flower inflorescences so that it would make the plants look neat and pleasant. If you let the dead flowers be on the plants, it would attract the pests as well.

Adromischus triflorus benefits 

Adromischus triflorus plants are useful as decorative plants. Moreover, they would be great picks for container gardening as well.

How to propagate Adromischus triflorus

The best method to propagate the Adromischus triflorus plants is the leaf cutting propagation method. First and foremost you should twist a leaf from the mother plant. 

Make sure you are removing the whole leaf for this process as unless you cannot get the expected results of the propagation process. Next, leave them in a warmer spot for one or two days.

Once you do this step, it would allow them to become calloused. After that you can place this in a well draining soil mix. Do not remove the leaf until it dries and always ensure that you keep the leaf in an upright manner so that the roots can grow downward. 


To recap what we covered here in the article, Adromischus triflorus plants are such lovely plants which would catch anybody’s attention due to the attractive looks they have.

They are low maintenance plants and if you ensure that you take care of them and supply the main growing conditions, they would thrive well.

Credit to : Boni Suci London

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About author

I’m Dr. Chamika, As a hobby love talking about plants and showing you that taking care of indoor plants. My website is knowledge I’ve learned over the years and continue to learn about growing succulents. If you’re a succulent lover, then you have come to the correct place.